Nancy Playter

Eau Claire WAVE in Charge of Mail at Naval Air Base
The Navy needs more WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services] like Nancy Playter, Yeoman, First Class, who is in charge of all official incoming and outgoing correspondence at the Naval Air Training Technical Center, Chicago, IL. 

WAVE Playter enlisted in the Navy in June 1943, received her indoctrination training at Hunter College, The Bronx, NY, was rated a Third Class Petty Officer upon completion of "Boot Camp," and sent directly to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, DC. 

She has been on her present job since November 1944.

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Playter, Eau Claire, was graduated from Eau Claire High School and State Teachers College, and attended Eau Claire Vocational School for business training. Prior to enlistment in the WAVES, she was employed by the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant.

Miss Planter's brother, Lange Playter, Technician Fifth Grade, has recently returned home, after serving in the Army in Germany, and is now spending a 30-day furlough at his home here, before reporting for reassignment. Another brother, Lieutenant (jg) Stephen Playter, United States Naval Reserve, is attached to the First Marine Division on Okinawa.

Women from 20 to 36 years of age interested in joining in the service of their country as a WAVE may obtain complete information by visiting or writing WAVE Recruiter Carol Jacobs at the Elks Club in this city or the Navy Recruiting Station in Chippewa Falls. Young  women are needed, especially in the Hospital Corps.

Nancy Playter Tells of Life in the WAVES
Nancy Playter, Yeoman Third Class, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.  Playter, 930 Third Avenue, recently wrote a letter to Mrs. E. M. Hale, telling why she joined the WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services] and about the interesting  experiences she had while in training.  

Miss Playter is now spending a furlough at her home here, while on her way to a new station. She has been stationed at Chicago and, before that, in Washington, DC. 

Her letter follows: 

"Dear Mrs. Hale, 

"When I left home and my job to take a place in the Women's Reserve of the United States Navy, I did so with but one purpose in mind—to serve my country and to do so to the very best of my ability.  

"On June 28, I arrived at Hunter College and was immediately launched on my Navy career. I stepped from the train and was marched to the mess hall, where I sat down to "chow" with a group of girls who were to be my friends for the next month. Here was truly a cross section of the country. Girls who had said goodbye to large pay checks, college days, and lives of idleness to do their bit for Uncle Sam 

"Four weeks of "boot" camp taught me history, Naval personnel, regulations, etc. It taught me rigid discipline and also not to question the authority of my superiors. Such discipline is a wonderful thing for women to learn and will, in my estimation, make for a better world when this is all over. 

"After the completion of my training, which included an intensive study of yeoman work, I received my first rating—Yeoman Third Class—and was sent to Washington, DC for my first assignment. While in Washington, I lived in a lovely new hall for WAVES and again made many friends. I worked at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where I actually bid farewell to the man I had replaced and saw him leave for duty at sea. Never  have I been so thrilled!

"Two months later, I was transferred to the office of the Naval Training School (Anticraft Instruments) at Chicago, IL. This school is typical of the many WAVE training schools all over the country. The girls come here directly from Hunter, where they have been picked for the job to which they are best-suited, and are taught the techniques of aircraft instruments and then to take their planes at air bases.

"I'm of the opinion that every girl who is eligible should join the WAVES.  I have no sympathy for those people who sit idle when they are needed so badly.

"The Navy has given, and is giving, me an excellent education, opportunities and experiences which will put me ahead of the average girl when this war is won.  Above all, serving in the United States Navy has given my the pride and peace of mind that comes only in knowing that I am doing my utmost to help win this war.

"Do I love it--I'll say!  Sincerely, NANCY PLAYTER Y/3C"